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Orientation Programme October 2018 Intake


Calling all freshmen for the October 2018 intake! You are invited to join in our Orientation Programme where you will have the opportunity to know more about the University, meet seniors and get aquainted with our campus services while having fun with the activities the Orientation Committee has lined up for you.

Remember to download and read through your copy of the UTAR Student E-Handbook here as it contains important information and references towards getting started on campus.


For the latest schedule:
1. Foundation Programme (click here)
2. Degree Programmes (click here)



International English Language Teaching Conference (iELT-CORN 2019)




Dear UTAR Staff and Students,


The Penang English Language Learning & Teaching Association (PELLTA) is organising its 9th International English Language Teaching conference and it invites lecturers and students to partipate. The details of the conference are as follows:


Programme: 9th International English Language Teaching Conference 2019
Theme: English Language Learning & Teaching in the Digital Era
Date: 17 - 19 April 2019, Wednesday-Friday
Venue: Bayview Hotel, Georgetown, Penang


For more information, please refer to the attached poster or the website link :


Thank you.


Department of Student Affairs
Kampar and Sungai Long Campuses

07 December 2019






Dear UTAR Students,


You are invited to participate in the following conference:

Event: 24th Asia Pacific Youth Conference 2018

Date: 2-9 December 2018

Venue: Highlands International Boarding School (HIBS) in Genting Highlands,

KM 10 Genting Highlands,68000 Bentong,Pahang

Theme of Conference: Inspiring Future Leadership: Upholding Truth and Accountability.

Fee: RM700 per person

Online Registration Link:

Registration Deadline: 24 November 2018, Friday

Event link:


The conference will have a combination of plenary sessions and workshops. Food and lodging will be provided for the duration of the conference. Scholarships and partial funding options are available depending on the applicant's eligibility.

For more information or any enquiries, please contact at

Should you face difficulty with the online registration, you may manually fill in and submit the form to

Please refer to the attachments for more details.




Registration Form



Thank you.

Department of Student Affairs

Kampar and Sungai Long Campuses

01 November 2018



Asian Youth Leaders Travel and Learning Camp (AYLTLC2019



Dear UTAR Students,


The Organizing Committee of AYLTLC invites you to participate for a place in the “Asian Youth Leaders Travel and Learning Camp (AYLTLC2019” which will be held in Singapore from 14th to 18th February 2019.


AYLTLC is an annual gathering for student leaders from Top Universities around the world. The said camp provides our participants an exceptional opportunity:

  • To Network with student leaders from Top Universities
  • To Learn about the Key Success which shaped one of Asia’s most progressive nations, Singapore - a multiracial, multilingual & multicultural society from various perspectives
  • To Develop themselves to be effective future leaders


Online Registration:


Registration Deadline are as follows:

Round 1 Registration: 10 September - 5 October 2018

Round 2 Registration: 10 October – 5 December 2018

Round 3 Registration: 10 December – 5 January 2019


Please refer to the attached file for more details.

 AYLTC 2019 Brochure


For more information, please visit: or Facebook page at


Thank you.


Department of Student Affairs

Sungai Long Campus

24 September 2018




SRC Election Result 2018-2019 (SL Campus)



Congratulations to the SRC 2018/2019!



28 June 2018 



TCM Summer Tour


English Version





13 June 2018





Congratulations! UTAR is now ranked #99 in the 2018 THE Asia University Rankings
14 May 2018




UTAR is now ranked #101-150 in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings 2017 as announced on 5 April 2017.


THE Young University Rankings, previously known as the THE 150 Under 50 Rankings, is a ranking of world’s top 200 universities under 50 years old. The Rankings apply the same performance indicators as the overall THE World University Rankings, with young universities measured on their teaching, research, citations, international outlook and knowledge transfer. However, the methodology has been carefully recalibrated to reflect the special characteristics of younger universities.



UTAR is ranked =14 in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2017: Millennial universities.


Times Higher Education created three subset rankings as part of the THE 2017 Young University Rankings. They are Generation X universities (established between 1967 and 1985), Generation Y universities (established between 1986 and 1999) and Millennials (established between 2000 and the present day). Each of these subsets were filtered from Times Higher Education’s Young University Rankings and the rankings were determined through the same methodology used for the World University Rankings with weightings recalibrated to reflect the mission of young universities. Millennial universities are the youngest of the bunch and the strongest age group when it comes to producing internationally co-authored research.


For information on the rankings, please visit Times Higher Education at:



10 April 2017



50% Fare Discount on cash rate for every journey on RapidKL LRT, Monorail, BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), Sunway Line and bus services.


Dear UTAR Students,


Kindly be informed that UTAR students who apply for the MyRapid card is entitled for discounted fare. MyRapid card is a yearly renewed card.


Applicants are required to bring the following documents for application process:


a)    Original and a duplicate copy of the MyKad/Passport for verification purposes.

b)    Student card and original student confirmation letter (Dated not more than 3 months)  Study duration of above 6 months from the date of application and must be stated clearly in the confirmation letter.


Application must be made at the concession Registration Counter which is located at Pasar Seni Bus Hub from Mondays to Saturdays from 9.00am to 4.00pm. Seven (7) working days are required to process the application.


This card is issued at RM5.00 per card. An initial purse value of RM5 is required, which is to be borne by the customer. For subsequent reloads, passengers may do so at all RapidKL LRT, Monorail, BRT stations and selected RapidKL Bus  Hub-Seksyen 2 Shah Alam, Puchong Utama, Bandar Utama and Pasar Seni Bus Hub (minimum RM10). Passengers are required to maintain a minimum purse value of RM3 to use RapidKL services.


Download MyRapid Concession Card application form and T&C below:

Application Form

Term & Condition



For futher information please click this link


Thank you.


Department of Student Affairs

Sungai Long Campus

25 October 2016



Dear UTarians,

The UTAR Student Awards 2018 winners are listed below. Congratulations to all winners and we hope that the community will continue to strive for greater achievements in the future.


08 February 2018


Dear UTAR Final students,


Here is your chance to secure an employment with UTAR.







23 April 2018




WiseSight Video Competition 2018




Dear UTAR Students and Staff,


The APAC tech company invites UTAR student to participate a Corporate Branding Video Competition.This project aims to provide a working experience for the students, similar to working on a project with a client, as well as providing additional publicity to the campuses on social media.


The Competition is divided into two phases:

a) Production Phase: Customized according to campus timeline; 2 months period 

b) Finals Phase: For Top 10 Finalists across all campuses; from 1st October to 2nd November 2018


The students can participate in three different ways:

1. Through the lecturers as part of the course assignment

2. Through Student Affairs as a campus wide project announcement

3. Through Clubs & Societies or directly as individual group participants


 the Winning Team of WiseSight Corporate Branding Video Competition will get:
  • RM 1000.00 cash prize to be shared among the team members.
  • Flight & Accommodation to Bangkok!
  • Entry to TZA 2019 and sit among Social Media Stars!
  • Receive the award from the WiseSight Management team at the TZA 2019 event!


Those who are interested, please register via the following link by 20th November 2018


Please refer to the attached file for more details.


For more information, visit:



Thank you.


Department of Student Affairs

Kampar and Sg.Long Campuses



Sports Facilities in Sungai Long Campus 

A Tip Not to Be Ignored When Renting Rooms


Dear Students and Staff,


There are landlords and house agents who may have made many partitioned cubicles (rooms) in their apartments and choose to rent these partitioned rooms especially to students. Landlords put up partitioned cubicles (rooms) to maximize their income.


Please note that Majlis Perbandaran Kajang (MPKj) and the Housing Association Committee may not approve such partitioned cubicles (rooms). 


These partitions may be illegal if no prior approval has been obtained from the municipal and it may be a fire hazard due to poor electric wiring. The air circulation may not be good either due to some of these rooms not having any windows.


The Housing Association Committee (probably with the Municipality intervention) may get the landlord to demolish these partitions and the students of such rooms may risk being evicted. 


Any feedback or complaint of suspicious/illegal partitioned rooms can be made through MPKj’se-Aduan (


Thank you.


Department of Student Affairs

Sungai Long and Kampar Campuses

13 October 2017



UTAR Supplementary Bus Service for MRT Batu Sebelas Cheras


Dear Staff Members and Students,


The MRT RapidKL feeder buses at Bukit Dukung MRT Station en route to Bandar Sungai Long are available every 10 to 15 minutes effective Monday, 17 July 2017.    In view of this, UTAR will not be offering any extra shuttle service to and from the Bukit Dukung MRT Station.


There will be no direct MRT RapidKL feeder bus service to and from Batu Sebelas Cheras MRT Station and Bandar Sungai Long. In view of this, UTAR is offering extra serviceto staff members and students by providing a supplementary shuttle service for the MRT Batu Sebelas Cheras – UTAR Sungai Long route effective Monday, 17 July 2017.


UTAR Shuttle Route 6: MRT Batu Sebelas Cheras



UTAR Shuttle Schedule 6: MRT Batu Sebelas Cheras(Mondays to Fridays & Saturday)


For this supplementary shuttle service, the fare is RM0.80 per trip. The tickets may be purchased at UTAR Division of Finance.


All staff members and students are reminded to display their UTAR ID when boarding the shuttles and when presenting the bus tickets to the shuttle driver.



Thank you.



Department of Student Affairs

Sungai Long Campus

14 July 2017



Benefits of MRT


Dear Staff Members and Students,


Effective 17 July 2017 (Monday), MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) line will commence its operation as a travelling facility for everyone.


The Benefits of MRT


  • It provides efficient mobility to the users.
  • It transports 20,000 passengers per hour per day, which are approximately 400,000 passengers per day.
  • It serves as a corridor to link homes of the populations with their destinations in the city.
  • The train operates from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 midnight from Monday to Friday, and from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (please take note that the stations closing time may vary from one station to another).
  • Fares:
  •    50% discount when travelling between 6.00 a.m. to 7.00 a.m. on weekdays.

-  Concession cards for trains:

  • 50% discount on fares will be given to students. This concession fares can only be purchased at the Customer Service Office at all stations. The purchaser needs to show their student card to get the discount fares. The purchaser will be issued with a concession red token.

-   Concession cards for feeder buses:

  • 50% discount on fares will be given to students. Students are required to present student card (if not in school uniform) to the bus captain when boarding the bus.


Feeder Bus Information

Normal Fare

RM 1.00 per trip

Concession Fare

RM0.50 per trip

First Bus


Last Bus



10 minutes – 15 minutes



Concession cards information can be accessed via




        Sample of MRT Concession Card for Students




  • MRT Feeder Bus T453 will cater the journey to and from Bukit Dukung MRT Station and Bandar Sungai Long.





MRT Bukit Dukung Feeder Bus T453 Route


For more details about MRT, please visit its website at:


Thank you.


Department of Student Affairs

14 July 2017


Indiscriminate Parking of Motorcycles


Dear Students,


All students with motor-cycles are reminded NOT to park indiscriminately along the perimeter fencing of KA and KB blocks of UTAR and are advised NOT to obstruct any entrances/ exits, along the main road, shop-lots, buildings, morning & evening markets and private residential homes. Parking at the stated areas will receive summons from MPKj.


For your security and safety concerns, UTAR has designated motor-cycle parking for UTAR students and staff at KB Block. You may apply for the vehicle sticker by (Check Student News on vehicle stickers. Alternatively, you may enquire from the Department of Student Affairs, Sg Long.


The motor-cycle vehicle sticker fees are as follows:


  • Motor-cycle Sticker – RM 10.00 (Long trimester – January & May)
  • Motor-cycle Sticker – RM 5.00  ​(​Short trimester – October)


 All official stickers are numbered and registered when sold. Please do not purchase vehicle stickers from any other source and payment for vehicle stickers is non-refundable.


Please be considerate when parking your vehicles in the vicinity of the campus. By being considerate, we can create a better and happy environment for all UTAR Staff, students and the community.


Thank you.



Department of Student Affairs,

Sg. Long Campus.

9 June 2017


Centralisation of UTAR Sungai Long's Shuttle Buses Pick-Up and Drop-Off Point


Dear Staff and Students, 

Please take note that the pick-up and drop off points from UTAR Sungai Long Campus will be centralised effective 1 June 2017 where the bus stop location in front of North Lobby, KA Block will no longer be in service. 

The only pick-up and drop-off point from UTAR Sungai Long Campus that caters the UTAR shuttle buses serving the areas of Bandar Mahkota Cheras, Bandar Sungai Long and Serdang KTM Station will be beside KB Block (facing the Sungai Long Medical Centre) only.

All students are reminded: 
1. To check the destination sign displayed on the bus's windshield before boarding 
2. To display their UTAR student ID when boarding the buses and when presenting the bus tickets to the bus driver 

Thank you. 

Department of Student Affairs 
Sungai Long Campus

30 May 2017



Dear UTAR Students, 


Students are now able to enjoy RM50 discount when purchase a pair of frame + prescription lenses worth more than RM200 with the condition to trade in a pair of frame. The traded in frame will be donated to Gift of Eyesight project. 

Students are advised to contact  Milan Optics directly for the above mentioned  offer. 

Contact person : Mr Ng Yin Yoon 
Tel No : 03-90740998 
Email : 
Address : Milan Optics 
                  51, Jalan Temenggung 21/9, 
                  Bandar Mahkota Cheras, 
                  43200 Cheras, 

Kindly take note that UTAR will not be held responsible and is not linked to the promotion of Milan Optics in any way whatsoever and is merely disseminating the promotion information to enable all students who may wish to consider this promotion for themselves. 

Thank you. 


Department of Student Affairs

29 March 2017


The Zika Pandemic: What We Need To Know


Dear Staff and students,


A Zika infection and a local infection case were reported in Malaysia, since our neighbouring Singapore has reported more than 200 cases of Zika lately. 

For health and safety measures, it is important for us to be well-informed about this virus.


The history of Zika virus and Zika Infections


Zika virus belongs to the same family of viruses as the dengue virus that most Malaysians are familiar with.  It was first isolated in 1947, from the Zika Forest of Uganda, Africa. Since then, it has been foundin many countries, particularly within the equatorial belt in Africa, Asiaand Central America.  Reports on their occurrence are listed in chronological order below:

1947 -First isolation of the virus in a rhesus monkey

1948-First recovery of virus from the Aedes africanus mosquito

1956 –Experimental human infection established in a volunteer

1964 - First confirmed case of Zika fever in afield researcherin Uganda

1951 to 1981- Antibody studies indicate human exposure in parts of Africa and equatorial Asia, including India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia.

2007 - First major outbreak identified outside of Africa and Asia, on Yap Island in the Federated States of Micronesia. Most infections were mild with no reports of microcephaly.

2008 - First report of sexual transmission between a US scientist who had fallen ill in Senegal and his wife.

2013 to 2014- Further epidemics occurred in French Polynesia, Easter Island, the Cook Islands, and New Caledonia, affecting tens of thousands of people, including new-born babies and adults withneurological syndromes.The virus was isolated from blood samples and sperms.Some outbreaks wereconcurrentwith outbreaks of chikungunya and dengue fever, as these viral infections are also transmitted by the Aedes mosquito.

2015-Zika reached Latin America. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an Epidemiological Alert regarding the increase in microcephaly cases in north-eastern Brazil and possible connection between the Zika virus and the rise in neurological syndromes.Over 3,500 cases of microcephaly were reported from an estimated 1.5 million infected Brazilians between October 2015 and January 2016.

2016- Zika spread to Florida, USA. The World Health Organization declared the Zika virus outbreak to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

As of August 2016, more than 50 countries have reported local transmission of Zika virus.

In Singapore, the first imported case was reported on 13 May, and the first locally-transmitted infection on 27 August.  By 3rd Sep, the number of locally-transmitted infections had risen to 215, including 11 Malaysian workers.

In Malaysia, there are 2 confirmed cases to date, one imported case in the Klang district and one local case in Sabah. The imported case was a 58 year-old woman who visited her Zika-infected daughter in Singapore on Aug 19 and returned on Aug 21.


Clinical presentations of Zika infection


  • Most Zika-infected persons have no symptoms
  • When present, symptoms are usually mild, resembling dengue, and last less than seven days.
  • Typical symptoms include low fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle pain, joint pain, and headaches.
  • Babies born of infected mothers can show birth defects, most notably, microcephaly (small head).
  • Rarely, adults may get weakness in the upper or lower limbs (Guillain–Barré syndrome), and other neurological signs and symptoms.
  • Two patients have shown decreased levels of white blood cells and platelets.
  • At least 3 deaths have been reported


Zika infection is confirmed by demonstrating the presence of Zika virus RNA in blood, urine, or saliva.


Transmission mechanisms

 The Zika virus is transmitted mostly by Aedes mosquitoes, but can also be transmitted sexually and through blood.

  • The virus has been found in semen 2-10 weeks after infection. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised infected or exposed men to use condoms or abstain for at least 6 months after the onset of symptoms.
  • The Zika virus can spread from an infected mother to her fetus during pregnancy or at delivery
  • Two cases of Zika transmission through blood transfusions have been reported from Brazil. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended screening blood donors and deferring high-risk donors for 4 weeks
  • During the 2013-2014 Zika outbreak in French Polynesian, 2.8% of blood donors tested positive for Zika virus and 11of the positive donors reported symptoms of Zika fever after their donation.


Prevention of Zika infection

Because there is no vaccine or treatment for Zika, prevention of infection rests on preventing mosquito bites and reduction of mosquito breeding, to break the chain of transmission.

  • Prevent mosquito bites with the use of insect repellents, mosquito netting, covering much of the body with clothing, sleeping in air-conditioned or insect-screened rooms
  • Reduce mosquito breeding placesby drain flushing/oiling and clearing stagnant water
  • Kill adult mosquitoes with indoor and outdoor insecticide misting/spraying/fogging
  • Use condoms to prevent sexual transmission
  • Pregnant women should avoid travelling to Zika affected areas


Prevention is better than cure.

Thank you.


Department of Student Affairs

Sg Long and Kampar Campuses




05 September 2016



UTAR Students to display Student ID card in UTAR Premises

Dear UTAR Students,


UTAR Students are requested to wear/ display their student ID at all times while in UTAR's premises. Students who are not seen wearing their Student ID, will be subjected to the following:


1st Offence : Verbal warning by the Department of Safety and Security 
2nd Offence : Student will be issued a 1st warning letter 
3rd Offence : Student will be issued a 2nd warning letter 
4th Offence : Student will be subjected to a Student Disciplinary Hearing


Thank you

Department of Student Affairs
Sungai Long Campus

02 September 2016



 Outbound Student Programmes One Stop Center


25 August 2016



Bus Tickets at a 15% discount for UTAR Staff and Students.


Dear Staff and Students,


CatchThatBus is an online platform for sale and distribution of bus tickets to more than 500 destinations in Malaysia and Singapore, with over 500,000 tickets sold since 2014. UTAR Staff and students are entitled to 15% discount when you purchase bus tickets. The code for the discount is UTAR15.


The discount code is sponsored by CatchThe Bus for purchasing bus tickets to over 500 destination available on CatchTheBus web and mobile applications.


  • Cheaper tickets when purchasing personal travel
  • Safe and hassle free
  • Easy look-up of schedules, time-tables and prices
  • No more queueing!
  • Easy purchased from mobile


For further information, you may email Mr Puven Sangaran at  or contact him +6016 640 6978 or Mr Ashwin Jeyapalasingam at or contact him at +6012 2803664


CatchThatBus Sdn. Bhd. 
No.13A-1, Level 13A, Menara Vista Sentral,150 Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad,50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, MALAYSIA


Thank you.

Department of Student Affairs

Sg Long and Kampar Campuses

18 April 2016




Recruiting ePaper Student Ambassadors


Dear UTAR Students,


The Star Media Group Berhad has been at the forefront to promote the cause of education in the country, especially with regard the use of the English Language. They strongly believe that a good command of the English Language is the passport to a brighter future and it all begins at the school level.


The Star is continuously looking after younger generation to cater them for better growth and career development with enhanced spoken and written English language and equipped them with skills to meet the ever-demanding rat race world.


Therefore, The Star would like to seek those undergraduates who are interested to be with them, student ambassadors to gear themselves by introducing to the fellow colleagues in the Campus the goodness of the language as young subscribers particularly with the digital version as it is available 24-7. 


As a reward, The Star compensates the student ambassador for their effort and there are limited spots available only.


Kindly fill up the attached Student Ambassador Application form if you are interested. Please do not hesitate to call Mr Alvin Liew for more information.


Alvin Liew K.T.

Assistant Manager, Audience Management (Digital)


019-210-0319/ 012-608-0319 /


Thank you 

Department of Student Affairs
UTAR Sungai Long Campus




Title: UTAR's  Shuttle Bus Pick Up and Drop Off Points
Dear Staff and Students,
Please be informed that with effect from Monday 1st February 2016, UTAR shuttle buses will have different pick up and drop off points for different areas:
There would be two Pick-Up & Drop Off Points from UTAR Sg Long Campus:
Pick Up and Drop Off Point One
Location:  Bus Stop in front of North Lobby, KA Block
Pick Up/ Drop Off for:  UTAR Shuttle Bus serving Bandar Sungai Long areas only
Number of buses: 3 
Pick Up and Drop Off Point Two
Location:  Bus Stop at the side of KB Block (Opposite the Sungai Long Medical Center)
Pick Up/ Drop Off for: UTAR Shuttle Bus serving Bandar Mahkota Cheras areas and Serdang KTM Station only
Number of buses: 4 
All students are reminded to wear their UTAR Student ID and UTAR Student Lanyard at all times in the university and when on the buses. Students without the proper ID would need to go to all MAIN Security guards entrances/exits for registration purposes.
Thank you
Department of Student Affairs
Sg Long Campus
3 February 2016




Dear Staff and Students,


Please note that with effect from Tuesday 1st September 2015, please be reminded not to park along the yellow lines just outside UTAR’s KA & KB Blocks. MPKj will start to issue summonses between RM50 – RM100/-. If you do not remove your car within minutes after receiving the summons, your car will be towed away. To get your car back, you will need to pay RM300/- for the fine.


It would be advisable to car-pool with your friends or take the public transport/ UTAR bus. If you do not wish to car-pool or take the public transport, there is an open air parking just outside UTAR at RM1/- per entry.


All staff and students are reminded NOT to park indiscriminately and to obstruct any entrances / exits at car-parks, shop-lots, buildings and private residential homes. 

Please be mindful of the Sg Long community when parking your vehicles.


Thank you.


Department of Student Affairs

Sungai Long Campus

20 August 2015




Location: KA Block, Ground Floor
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday  8.30 am to 5.00 pm
                             Saturday 9.00 am to 1.00 pm (Closed on Saturdays during semester break)
Closed On: Sundays and Public Holidays
Contact Person: Bookshop Manager-Ms. Chai (012-2755115)
                              Marketing Executive-Mr. Lee  (017-3342522)
                              Main Office - Ms. Foong (03-90587093)
Types of Books: All Student price Textbooks.
We also have all sorts of stationeries.
Students may also order books that are not available at the bookshop.
Thank you and best regards,
See below for photos of the bookshop

25 June 2015


Living with a Resident Landlord

There is no such thing as a typical resident landlord. Some are young professionals or recent graduates, others are middle aged couples and some are retired. Some have young families, whilst others have children who have grown up and left home.

Although, most students' first preference would probably be to share with other students, it is worth considering the advantages of this arrangement as well as the disadvantages.

The advantages include:


  1. Generally slightly cheaper (although this is not always the case) and bills are often included in the rent.
  2. Usually kept in good repair (owner occupied properties are generally kept in better repair than rented properties).
  3. Good availability, these offers are sometimes the only way that a student can find a property in a central location.

The disadvantages are:


  1. It's not your home and if you fall out with your landlord/landlady, you will usually have no option but to find somewhere else to live.
  2. You will often have less freedom to bring home friends or guests and this could leave you feeling isolated. In addition, you are living by someone else’s rules regarding playing music, using the washing machine etc


Living with friends

Compatability quiz

There are many people whose company you can enjoy with but who you would not enjoy living with. Successfully sharing a house with someone requires a completely different set of skills from enjoying a good night out with them or even living in the same corridor in a College or University residence. To illustrate this, try answering the following quiz:

1. Which of the following most typifies your attitude to tidiness?

a)  It’s important that everyone (ie housework schedules)

b)  So long as the washing up is done, I can live with some clutter.

c)  Can’t say that tidiness has ever been hugely important to me.


2.  Which of the following most typifies your attitude to noise?

a)  I’m here to study and need peace and quiet to do this.

b)  So long as you turn down the music when I need to get to sleep I’m easy going.

c)  I want to live in a party house. I can put up with your noise, if you can put up with mine.


3. What time do you usually go to sleep?

 a)  I have a lot of early starts and so I’m usually asleep by 11pm.

 b)  If I’ve got a deadline to meet I can sometimes stay up all night but usually I’m asleep anytime between 12pm and    


 c) I’m a part-time vampire and do not appreciate the benefits of daylight.

     If you answered mostly As, you should not consider living with Cs. You will almost certainly begin to fight at some stage.

     This is not to say that As are more reasonable than Cs, it just means that you have different perspectives.

Other points to consider

  • Friends staying overnight, and longer periods—if the flat is for four, how will you feel when you are forced into sharing with six or seven?
  • Do you all have a comparable income? Tensions can occur when some of the group can go clubbing a lot and one or more of the group can barely afford to eat.
  • Are you all in agreement on the length of the lease, even if it is 12 months? What happens if some from the group leave at the end of 9 months—who pays the rent for the rest of the tenancy?

Before you take the decision to form a group to go house-hunting, you should have a frank discussion about all your expectations in these areas and make sure you have similar views; otherwise you could find yourself with problems later in the year.

Spending time discussing these matters now will avoid small individual irritations or big problems building up into irretrievable situations, and you will still be friends at the end of your tenancy!


How many people to share with?


In large households there is usually a problem with tidiness.

In general the more people you share with, the cheaper it is. Therefore, someone living in a two bed flat will pay more for their room than someone living in an equivalent (area and quality) four bed house. However, once you go beyond four, there are no additional savings to be made. Properties with five or more tenants may need to be licensed and the landlord may pass the costs of this onto the tenants.


Mice - cute and furry? Or disease-spreading menaces?
Another reason why smaller groups are often a better idea is that when you have large groups renting (i.e. five or more) the state of cleanliness in the house or flat will almost inevitably deteriorate.

Once you have done other people's washing up two or three times, you are likely to do what everyone else in the house is doing i.e. pick out the items you need from the festering mess in the sink, wash them up, use them and then replace them back into the rancid pile of dirty pots, pans and plates.

If the house does descend into this kind of mess during the tenancy, you are also likely to have a problem with mice. Mice are an epidemic and need very little encouragement to invade your house.

Can you live with this?

Department of Student Affairs

 29 June 2014




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